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    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    Hi kids. I thought you might be interested in a guitar project I'm working on. I've have been building Telecaster style guitars for giggles, and I had a lovely burled maple top body come into my possession. There was a nasty knot/void right in the middle of the face, and I decided that I would do some kind of inlay to cover it up.

    I dig the FA logo, so I figured I give it whirl. I settled on using metal as the inlay material, and went to see my pal 'the count'.

    He really is a count, but that's another story.

    He showed me how to hand hammer and cut all the various bit's I needed . He is also a watchmaker so he supplied me with a couple of gears and some old crowns with small sapphire cabochons in them. I have most of the pieces ready and I'm about half way through the inlay process. The wings are silver, the body is brass and the remaining parts are copper. They aren't polished in the photo, but they will be when it's time to spray a finish over it. I also bought 5 little garnets that I will inlay, I'm just not sure where yet. The back will be spray painted metallic violet with the White Chapel gear high lighted in purple metal flake, and I may also acid etch the bridge with some related designs.

    I've never done inlay before, so I didn't realize how ambitious this job would turn out to be. Patience, grass hopper, patience. I figure it will be a least another couple of months of messing around before it's ready to rock, but I had to show it off to someone........

    Let me know what you think and feel free to throw out suggestions, I'm always open to a cool idea.......

    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    Nice. You going to do anything to the headstock? What hardware are you putting on it?

    I'm thinking of building a guitar again sometime. I made one when I was sixteen and made the body myself, but I never really got it to stay in tune or managed to sort out the intonation down the neck. This time I'm thinking of making something from aftermarket parts instead of making them myself and going for a semi-replica of a Keith Richards style 72 tele custom, but with a Les Paul style pickup as well as a vintage tele pickup and a monster distortion pickup of the type I've got in my BC Rich too.

    The inlay stuff you're doing is really good work there.
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    Excellent stuff! Any plans to fiddle with the control plate?

    Incidentally, if you don't yet have pickups for this beauty, I've had good experiences with GFS pickups. Ridiculous bang-for-buck.

    (And christ, a Bigsby would be glorious with that look... *drroool*)

    I can't wait for the weather to actually be not-fucking-freezing so's I can start working on the Jazzmaster, myself.
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    Talking of tele pickups, mine's loaded with a pair of piledrivers from Bareknuckle. They're standard size, but hot as hell. Definitely recommended! I also got a four way pickup selector switch from them, gives you a little more to play with.

    Seconding the Bigsby love too!

    Nice work man, looking good.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    I know nothing about guitars except that they make purdy music. That said, this looks like a kickass project! Can't wait to see the finished product.
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    Her's a few answers.
    I don't know which neck I'll put on this axe. ( I have a few )I was thinking of having the headstock match the back, but I want to see the back finished first before I decide. I was also thinking about the London skyline, but that might not translate too well.
    The control plate and bridge are yet to be finalized, also. I was thinking gold with etchings, but silver might suit the look better. I have also been toying with the idea of adding some hammered silver to the bridge and control plate, but I think it might kill the tone a bit.
    I have a bunch of PU's that go from ultra squeaky clean to bad dog dirty, but I must admit I do like the sound of GFS vintage tele humbuckers. They sound AWESOME and don't buzz, plus they are a drop in fit. Good call Taphead.
    I do have a Bigsby for a tele, but this guitar is all about the burl. I have two ash bodies with boring grain that will be better suited to the Bigsby tailpiece.

    Thanks for all positive chatter!
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    very very nice! i don't have the patience for inlays so well done on that! I like to just burn designs, nice and quick ;)

    i'd say stick with the silver, with the body being orangey the gold might get too lost in it. Silver would stand out more and look nicer I reckon.
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    That's a very cool piece of work, although I have to admit that when I read "The FreakAngels Guitar" I was expecting something like this :)

    (The guitar - not the goon holding it. Although he is quite an entertaining goon.)